ADVANCING DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN GRANTMAKING: CASE STUDY
The Peer Action Learning Network established by the Council of Michigan Foundations offers an example of how a learning community can help foundation leaders establish more diverse and inclusive leadership, management and grantmaki
"Learn and Let Learn: Supporting Learning Communities for Innovation and Scale,” a new guide from RCLA and GEO draws on this and five other cases to illustrate how grantmakers can strategically support learning communities to increase organizations’ community impact.
» Read the case study
» Read the report
NY SOCIETY FOR ETHICAL CULTURE HONORS RCLA SCHOLAR IRSHAD MANJI
This November, the New York Society for Ethical Culture presented their Ethical Humanist Award to Irshad Manji, RCLA scholar and director of the Moral Courage Project at NYU Wagner. According to NYSEC, "the Ethical Humanist Award is the Society's highest honor. The Award was established in 1970 to honor an individual who has acted with extraordinary moral courage ... and whose actions have had broad humanizing implications. Since 1970, the award has been presented just 16 times."
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ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF CITY RESTRUCTURING
The City of Utrecht, near Amsterdam, embarked on an impressive change program in 2010 with the election of a new Mayor. The goal – to become leaner, more agile and customer-oriented – also meant cutting 55 million Euros from the budget.
In November, the City hired a team led by RCLA Visiting Fellow Henk de Jong to assess how City employees and departments are coping after a massive organizational restructuring. The team has identified vulnerabilities but also key opportunities to jumpstart the next phase of establishing processes to support employees in being “open, agile, sharp and reliable.” A report in English is forthcoming.
» See an infographic about the process (in Dutch)
ADVANCING LEADERSHIP IN ACTION INTERNATIONALLY
RCLA Fellow Robertson Work's recent engagements have involved promoting leadership in action for human development and citizen participation around the globe. Robertson delivered a keynote at the Institute of Cultural Affairs International’s Global Conference on Human Development held in Nepal, and he facilitated an East-West Center regional workshop on democracy in Asia held in Indonesia. In addition, he presented a paper and facilitated a workshop in the UN Global forum on citizen engagement held in New York City, and ended the year by training UN facilitators and facilitating a UN staff retreat. This work complemented Robertson’s teaching "Innovative Leadership for Sustainable Human Development” at NYU Wagner, and his roles as director of Innovative Leadership Services and a Fulbright senior specialist.
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NEWS AND EVENTS
- RCLA is accepting applications for the Global Social Change Leadership Institute from July 7-19, 2013. Through the two-week immersion program, student leaders and recent graduates from across the globe gain a robust understanding of the theory and practice of social change leadership, develop a strategic action plan, and build an international social justice network. The Early Admissions deadline is noon EST on February 15, 2013.
- RCLA faculty member Erica Foldy has been invited to join the Editorial Board of Public Administration Review, one of the top journals in public administration.
- Professor Foldy gave a two-hour class on “Reflexivity in Research: How Our Racial Identities Influence Our Scholarship” at the CUNY Graduate Center, November 26.
- “Educating for Global Citizenship. A Cooperative Inquiry Experience with Teachers and NGO Practitioners” (in Spanish) by Alejandra Boni Aristizabal, Jadicha Sow Paino and RCLA Deputy Director Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla was just published in Estudios sobre Educacion (Studies on Education), a Spanish journal.
- RCLA Senior Visiting Scholar Barbara Kellerman will present at the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies for their 20th Anniversary Symposium on “The State of Leadership Studies,” February 1-2, 2013.
- RCLA Faculty Director Sonia Ospina was formally inducted as a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, DC in late November.
- Dr. Ospina will serve as an international adviser to the research team at the Government School of Universidad de los Andes in Colombia on a government-sponsored research project to design, implement and evaluate a talent development policy for innovation and effectiveness in the public sector.
»Learn more (in Spanish)
- The article by RCLA scholars Sonia Ospina and Celina Su, “Weaving Color Lines: Race, Ethnicity, and the Work of Leadership in Social Change Organizations,” originally in the journal Leadership will be a chapter in the SAGE Benchmarks in Leadership collection to be published in March 2013.
- RCLA Visiting Fellow Henk de Jong will contribute to two chapters for a book called Manual for the Mayor, to be published by Leiden University in summer 2013. One chapter will focus on the interaction between mayors and municipal organizations, and the second will compare the roles of mayors in the US and the Netherlands.
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